This thoroughly updated and revised new edition provides an essential overview of a full range of psychological contributions to the understanding of crime and the processes of dealing with offenders and helping their victims.
From the cognitive, developmental and social processes that influence a diverse range of crimes, including burglary, fraud, rape and murder, to the challenges faced by the police and courts in investigating crime or securing reliable testimony, the text is packed with pedagogical features that bring this fascinating subject to life. These include boxes highlighting key topics or issues around research methods, further reading and suggested essay titles.
Also including chapters on rehabilitation in prisons and the psychology of victims, the text examines hot topics such as gang membership and terrorism, as well as discussing how psychology may better understand criminals and criminal behaviour in the future. It builds to a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the field. It will be ideal for students across psychology, criminology and socio-legal studies and law.
Table of Contents
About the Author. Foreword to Second Edition. Preface to the Series Second Edition. 1. Psychology and the Criminal Process. Section 1: THE BASIS OF CRIMINALITY 2. Biological Explanations of Crime 3. Psychological Explanations of Crime 4. Social Explanations of Crime. Section 2: VARIETIES OF CRIME 5. Acquisitive Crime 6. Domestic Violence 7. Sexual Offences 8. Homicide and Serial Killing 9. Gangs, Organised Crime and Terrorism. Section 3: INTERACTING WITH CRIMINALS 10. Testimony and Interviewing 11. Deception and Fraud 12. Psychology and Investigations. Section 4: AREAS OF APPLICATION 13. Psychology and the Police 14. Psychology in Court 15. Psychology in Prison 16. Concerning Victims 17. The Future of Psychology and Crime. Notes on Publications and Accessing them. References. Index
David Canter is Emeritus Professor at The University of Liverpool and Director of the International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology at The University of Huddersfield.